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Sex Abuse Probe Targets Former Westchester Monsignor

Monsignor John O'Keefe
Monsignor John O'Keefe Photo Credit: WABC-7 screen grab

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. -- Allegations of sex abuse against the well-known monsignor of Church of St. Margaret of Antioch in Pearl River have prompted an investigation by the Rockland district attorney's office, according to multiple reports.

The New York Archdiocese has removed Monsignor John O'Keefe from practicing, parishioner were told in a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan that went out on Friday afternoon. O'Keefe had been out on medical leave.

The case involves alleged incidents with a boy that allegedly occurred in the 1980s at Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx and, that same person claims, on a trip to Virginia, according to News 12.

The allegations have not been substantiated and O'Keefe denies them, Dolan said in the letter.

A Rockland County district attorney's spokesman confirmed to WABC 7 there is an active investigation, but did not release further info.

O'Keefe was named the first president at Archbishop Stepinac in 1992, according to lohud.com.

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